Thursday, March 19, 2009

Sacrifice page 3

The magic starts to work and a tree-ish thing emerges from the woman's middle. The tree starts small, and quickly turns into a monstrous thing with a flowerish part on the end. Seth's handling of the "trunk"--indeed, the whole look of the story--seems very Art Nouveau, a genre that attracted him for a long time.

He did this story in 2000, the year he worked for Presto Inc. on "MYST 3: Exile". So he must have done it in his spare time. I mention that because the look of Myst 3 is very Art Nouveau, especially the opening world that Seth designed. The architecture, the ironwork, the stained glass are consciously designed with the kind of organic curving lines that so inform the Art Nouveau style.

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